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Our Farmhouse Pottery Wheel Workshop Experience

For Christmas, Josh got me such an amazing gift - a wheel workshop session for us both at Farmhouse Pottery. I've been so in love with this little special boutique for a few years, and their simple and clean aesthetic is something I really appreciate. On top of that, since everything is made in New England in one of my favorite Vermont towns, I especially love that I get to help support the business, which was started by a husband and wife team that felt passionate about creating beautiful pottery pieces.

I'm going to start by saying, if you're even just thinking about doing a wheel workshop at Farmhouse Pottery, just do it. It's not the most inexpensive thing you'll ever do, but you get to keep the pieces you make, share a great experience with someone, learn a few things about a new skill and also talk to true artisans. To me, it was more than worth it just for the experience alone.

How To Have the Perfect Winter Getaway in Woodstock, VT

One of my favorite Christmas gifts from Josh to date was a wheel workshop session at Farmhouse Pottery, which led us to Woodstock, VT for a winter weekend getaway. And even after more than a year, I still consider it to be one of the most storybook-perfect places we've visited.

If you're looking to escape to a quintessential small town with great restaurants, beautiful scenery, adorable shops and cafes, Woodstock should be high on your list. While we were walking around the town, we really got that Hallmark movie vibe, and also, felt a really strong sense of community. It quickly became one of our favorite places, if not our actual favorite, town in Vermont to visit, and we're itching to go back.

Until we can make it back, though, I'm so happy to share our recommendations for a perfect long weekend in Vermont.

Two Days in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Last summer, we visited Cape Breton Nova Scotia as part of our Prince Edward Island trip, which you can read about here, and we absolutely loved it. I said it in our PEI post, and I'll say it again, the Canadian Maritimes such an underrated part of the world. I'm shocked that it's not a more popular travel destination because there's so much natural beauty everywhere. Our biggest regret was not having more time to explore Nova Scotia, and we both hope to get back to experience the entire province, with our top wish list destinations being Halifax, Peggy's Cove and Luenburg.

Until then, the amazing memories from this trip will have to suffice! And it's a good thing we have so many. Here's our trip recap.

Lake Placid Travel Guide for Fall & Winter

I'm not sure why it took us so long to explore Lake Placid, especially since it's only about two hours from our house, but we've been twice in the past 5 months because we loved it so much. The first time we went, we visited in October for a cozy fall foliage weekend, and were hit with quite a bit of snow (quickly turning our fall getaway into what felt like an Apres Ski, without the ski, getaway). And most recently, we visited in February to be in the thick of winter celebrations.

Lake Placid is a charming little town in the Adirondacks full of things to do, and also, a great place to do absolutely nothing if you prefer a bit of relaxation and pampering. And that's what we love about it so much. We don't stay right in the town, but an AirBnB on the outskirts that's hidden in the woods and perfectly cozy, which gives us the best of both worlds. But there are so many options for accommodation right in town that would allow you to walk to all the shops, restaurants and sights, including hotels, condos and upscale inns - you really have your pick when it comes to finding the right place to stay.

We've crammed a lot into our two visits to Lake Placid and I'm excited to share our top things to do while in the area.

Prince Edward Island North Shore Travel Guide

Visiting Prince Edward Island had been a dream vacation for me for years. Growing up reading the Anne of Green Gables books, watching Avonlea every Sunday night with my mom and sister and watching the Anne movies with my grandma when we would have sleepovers on her pull out couch, I would often daydream about what it would be like to actually see the island, the red sand beaches and vast, rolling hills of farmland. In the summer of 2018, we finally made it happen.